Board of Directors
Patty is the past Project and Event Coordinator for an independent business association, where her responsibilities included marketing, bookkeeping, membership, website maintenance, events, and publicity. Patty was a breastfeeding counselor, accredited by La Leche League International, for 22 years, helping mothers in her community and holding administrative positions in volunteer accreditation, Leader support and events. Patty was the contributing editor of mother’s stories for New Beginnings Magazine for five years. She is a former member of the board of directors of La Leche League of Northern California and Hawaii. Patty is pursuing continuing education in nonprofit organizations and received a certificate in Non-Profit Management from California State University, East Bay. She has held the position of Treasurer in Breastfeeding USA and is active on the Social Networking, Education, Website, Publication, and Finance Committees. Patty and her husband John have been married for 35 years, and they have two grown daughters who were both breastfed. Her board term is through 2014.
Carol is a founding Breastfeeding Counselor of the Central Connecticut Chapter which opened in January, 2012. The Chapter is currently staffed by four Breastfeeding Counselors. A devoted advocate and educator, Carol has continually led breastfeeding support and information meetings for 27 years, including 25 years as an accredited La Leche League (LLL) Leader. As Coordinator of Leader Accreditation at LLL, Carol served two 5 year terms (10 years apart) on the LLL of Connecticut Board of Directors and 23 years in the Leader Accreditation Department working at local, regional, and national levels. Her essay, "Lactation Obfuscation," was published in the 1999 book, I Killed June Cleaver. She and her husband, Peter, have been married for 35 years. Among their five adult children they have one grandson, a regular guest at Carol’s Central Connecticut Chapter meetings. Carol joined the Breastfeeding USA Board of Directors in September 2012. Her term continues through 2015.
Genevieve is an expert on Breasfeeding legislation in California and advocate on the national level. She is an IBCLC and has provided mother-to-mother support for breastfeeding mothers since 2007.
Genevieve has served as a Director for two non-profit organizations and has extensive organizational experience. She was an associate music supervisor for more than 20 major motion pictures, overseeing multi-million dollar budgets with extensive contract negations with high profile celebrities. Currently she serves as the legislative policy advocate for BreastfeedLA (Breastfeeding coalition of Los Angeles) and has been working on several large public health grants to help with implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Sharon grew up in the Buffalo area and received a BS in Medical Technology from SUNY Buffalo. After graduation, she moved to Hawaii, then to Illinois, and finally settled in central New York. In 1987, Sharon became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and was a founding member of the Rochester Regional Breastfeeding Network, where she has served on the Board of Directors and as President. As a lactation consultant, she taught breastfeeding classes and worked on the post-partum floor of a Rochester hospital. She is also a private practice lactation consultant. In addition to her professional lactation career, Sharon spent many years as a volunteer supporting breastfeeding in both counseling and administrative roles. She is an experienced speaker and writer. Sharon served on the steering committee for the formation of the United States Lactation Consultant Association (USLCA). She is presently employed as the chemistry section chief for a local hospital laboratory. She is married and her two grown children live out of state.
Carol majored in anthropology, with a minor in history, at the University of Georgia. She also studied biology at Furman University, including research on perinatal transmission of HIV. Carol’s five girls were all breastfed, establishing the basis for more than 27 years of volunteer work counseling breastfeeding mothers and facilitating peer-to-peer support as a La Leche League Leader. From 1996 to 1998, Carol served on the board of directors of ProJustice Carolina (a local social justice organization), as co-chair of the education committee. There she helped write the organization's bylaws. She also served as secretary on the board of the local ACLU chapter. Carol’s eldest three daughters are now married, and she recently became a grandmother. Carol is active on the Breastfeeding USA Education Committee.
Ali is a Breastfeeding USA Counselor, and lives in Indianapolis. She is a former educator (middle school English!) She's the mom of two- Eli is 4.5, and Fiona is 2.5 (not yet weaned.)
Ali is the Social Media Manager for Breastfeeding USA and along with the other team members is responsible for the growth and development of Facebook and Twitter. She helps manage a 1500+ mother sized local Facebook group as well.
Ali writes, "As a child, my mother was a very active La Leche League Leader. I heard her answering 2 am phone calls, knew she visited countless moms, and heard her speaking gently and in a reassuring tone giving the support new mothers needed (even if it was time for dinner, or time to leave for an appointment.) She made time for the moms who needed her. I think that hearing her, almost all of my life (you would be surprised how many support groups I’ve attended...) helped me understand that moms need each other. After my first child was born, I became a La Leche League Leader, but when I learned about Breastfeeding USA, I knew the mission was a good fit for me."
Currently, Ali is on the planning and organizing committee for Team We’ve Got Your Back, Babe! which is the collaborative effort with the Best for Babes Foundation, putting her organizational and people skills to the test.
Jennifer grew up in Southwest Ontario, where her extended family still resides, obtained her BSC from University of Waterloo in Biochemisty and moved to Connecticut where she earned her Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine degree from University of Bridgeport. She is the mother of two very active boys and practices part time, focusing on whole family care starting from birth onward. She is a founding member of the Central Connecticut Chapter of Breastfeeding USA and prior to that was on the Board of Directors for La Leche League of Connecticut and volunteered providing information for healthcare providers and other professionals about breastfeeding. Her passions include supporting new mothers, her children, her dogs and outdoor time. Jennifer is currently active in Education, Course Writing and Applications Committees.
Lisa is a mother of three young children, ages two, five, and seven. She and her husband both work from home and homeschool their children together. Prior to the birth of their first child, Lisa was a teacher and personal care attendant to children and young adults with severe physical and sensory disabilities for over ten years. With BS and Master of Education degrees from The Ohio State University, she worked in two large urban school districts as well as with Medicaid clients and their families, focusing in the areas of adaptive/assistive technology and daily living skills. Her experience with motor and sensory disabilities has been instrumental in her ability to assist mothers of infants with similar difficulties. She became an IBCLC in 2011 and owns a small lactation practice and natural family living company. Lisa has six years of volunteer experience helping mothers via La Leche League and Breastfeeding USA, as well as several years service with local breastfeeding coalitions and advocacy groups. She also volunteers with other mother to mother support groups related to natural living, childbirth, and parenting.